Does swimming at the beach, bird watching, camping on a mountain side or going for a bush walk affect our behaviour? Could there be a connection between climbing trees and the likelihood that someone would consider taking action to reduce their ecological footprint?
So you want to buy a new laptop or a smart phone, but you've read about numerous social and environmental impacts during their lifecycles. You've learnt about polluting production processes - the leaching of toxic chemicals and the heavy reliance on fossil fuels. You are aware that making electronics requires the mining of minerals which… Continue reading Computer Buying Tips for the Ethically Minded
When I moved to Thailand six months ago, my lifestyle changed dramatically: a different culture, food, language and climate. Prior to this, I'd been trying to live more sustainably: consciously endeavouring to live a less impactful life through my decisions. My idea of sustainable living was swiftly challenged in moving to Thailand, where language and… Continue reading Questioning Sustainable Living
Back in January, I wrote about how much plastic waste I am generating while living in Thailand in 31 Days of Plastic and then I explored ways I could reduce this in Towards Plastic Free. As I discussed, escaping using plastic is quite a challenge here in Thailand, more so than if I was living… Continue reading Things I’ve done to reduce my plastic footprint
After travelling to Myanmar last month I reflect on what it will mean for Myanmar to develop. Will it be necessary to compromise nature and people for the sake of development?
While travelling in Thailand and Myanmar I discovered how cashew nuts are grown and processed.
After almost three weeks here in Ranong, Thailand, I am almost at a loss about what to write about. So many new experiences and perspectives, faces and names, foods and words. Should I share some of my experiences in learning to live in a place whose cultural and political context contrasts other places I've lived?… Continue reading Initial Reflections: Life on the Thai-Myanmar Border